International Student Employment
Rules and Regulations
- International students are limited to working a maximum of 20 hours per week on campus
during the fall and spring semesters.
- International students can work up to a maximum of 40 hours per week during the summer
and winter breaks.
- International students are limited to working only on campus.
- International students can work off campus only if they are on curricular/optional
practical training, academic training, or have an economic hardship work permit (see
below for more information).
- International students must by in F-1 status for at least one academic year before
they can apply for CPT/OPT, academic training or an economic hardship work permit.
- To learn more about working on campus, contact Human Resources at hrFREELARAMIE or 307.778.1289.
Social Security Card
- You must first find a job and be hired before the appropriate letters can be written
for a Social Security card.
- You must see the international student advisor for the paperwork needed to obtain
a Social Security card.
- A Social Security card is no longer issued for the following situations:
- Obtaining a driver's license
- Opening a bank account
- Applying for a credit card
- Applying to rent an apartment or home
- Filing federal or state taxes
Economic Hardship Work Permit
- This work permit only allows for students to work off campus for a maximum of 20 hours
per week during the fall and spring semester.
- You must make an appointment with the international student advisor to discuss your
- The international advisor makes a recommendation to USCIS but does not authorize employment.
- The financial problems must be due to unforeseen circumstances beyond your control.
The financial problem must be documented and show a substantial need.
- Documentation should be included to support the application.
- You may not apply until you have been in F-1 status for one academic year and are
in good academic standing.
- You MUST make a good faith attempt to find a campus job first. If on-campus employment
is unavailable or insufficient, be able to document this.
- If USCIS approves the application, an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) will
be issued. You may not find employment until the EAD card has been issued.
- Employment is restricted to 20 hours per week when school is in session and 40 hours
per week during vacation periods.
- Acceptance of employment must not interfere with carrying a full course of study.